Petrucci tops practice with new MotoGP record at Mugello

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Italy's Danilo Petrucci posted a new track record at Mugello (AFP Photo/Filippo MONTEFORTE)
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Mugello (Italy) (AFP) - Ducati's Danilo Petrucci topped Saturday morning's three practice sessions with a new fastest-ever lap at Mugello and also hit the highest speed ever in MotoGP ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, the sixth round of the world championships series.

Petrucci clocked 1min 46.056sec, surpassing the previous record achieved by Italian star Valentino Rossi last year.

The 28-year-old also hit the highest speed ever achieved in MotoGP of 356.7 km/h to overtake teammate Andrea Dovizioso's mark of 356.5 km/h also achieved at Mugello last year.

Spanish pair Pol Espargaro (KTM) and reigning world champion Marc Marquez (Honda) were second and third fastest.

Dovizioso, second in the world championship standings behind Marquez, finished outside the top ten and must pass by Q1 session for Sunday's race in Tuscany along with Yamaha's Rossi.

Times

1. Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ducati) 1min 46.056sec, 2. Pol Espargaro (ESP/KTM) at 0.207sec, 3. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 0.224, 4. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN/Honda-LCR) 0.400, 5. Jack Miller (AUS/Ducati-Pramac) 0.422, 6. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha-SRT) 0.432, 7. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 0.453, 8. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda-LCR) 0.460, 9. Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Yamaha-SRT) 0.462, 10. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Ducati-Pramac) à 0.657